Statistics don’t lie. But sometimes they distort the true picture. For example, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is on a pace to register eight goals and 40 points this season.
Given that Toews has history of consistency and being a slow starter, it still seems like a good bet that he will score 20 or more goals this season.
Here are other early season statistics that should be discounted:
Ben Bishop’s .891 save percentage and 3.30 goals-against average: The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season. It’s not as if he has forgotten how to stop pucks. He is going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and that can pollute an athlete’s focus. It seems likely that Bishop’s save percentage will be .915 or above by the end of the season.
Chicago Blackhawks are last in penalty killing at 58.3%: You may be surprised to know that the talented Blackhawks were 22nd last season in penalty killing. But they were at 80.4% last season. Their penalty killing inefficiency can’t possibly continue. They have allowed 15 goals on…